Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Free to use: NatGeo Mapmaker site (great for homeschool!)

I stumbled upon a great site to use for free map making, which I use as a part of my son's homeschool when he is assigned map exercises as a part of his history/geography class.  It's NatGeo Mapmaker and it's free to use.

What I liked and what I didn't about NatGeo Mapmaker:  

We are using Switched-On Schoolhouse for 4th grade homeschool for my son and the history/geography class has him making maps several times a unit.  Their map link is, well, not as nice in comparison.  So I searched for alternatives and found the NatGeo site and fell in love with it. 
  • Dropping a marker on cities is as easy as drag and drop.
  • Zoom in to get better definition for specific areas of the map.  This was very useful in showing my son that Turkey is the crossroads of East meets West, literally.  On one side is Europe and the other is Asia.  This was also useful in zooming in for waterways such as the Suez Canal, Straits of Gibraltar, etc.
  • Notes on the zoomed in portions --- he was able to read right on the map that Crimea was experiencing, shall we say, some unwanted attention from the Russians.
  • Different markers such as mountain ranges, pigs, houses, schoolhouses, etc. that you can use to customize.  The selection could be better, but maybe that's something they would expand in the future.  I would like to see more animals (so I could drop a sheep on Australia to help me remember it's known for sheep, for instance).
  • Poly lines means you can draw a line between two points.  It will even calculate distance.
  • There are many overlays that you can use on your map.  You can overlay climate detail, plate tectonics and more.  
  • Save your map to the their server.  It will also email it to you.  However, I would recommend printing out or otherwise saving your map if you need or want to keep it.
  • The map is great for kids who love technology and like hands-on learning.  I can tell you that my son would check out if I made him take out a box of Crayola to color a blah looking map.  However, he loves to use the tools and mark the cities, seas, etc. with markers and I think he really gets the idea of regions of the world because he has to scroll around to move from one area to another.
Have you tried it?  Even if you don't homeschool, this site could be a great resource for parents looking to supplement on their own or for those who need a map for a school project.

Biotrue contact lens solution free sample (Target)

Target's free sample site has Biotrue contact lens solution available as a free sample.  Answer 8 questions and you may qualify.

LINK

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Halloween candy coupons from around the web

Halloween will be here before you know it and pretty soon those little trick-or-treaters will be knocking on your door.  Save on candy by printing and using these coupons:

http://www.coupons.com/?pid=13903&zid=xh20&nid=10&bid=&bid=”1109660001”&plid=RSS&crid=RSS&cid=18479160&alt=yes
http://www.coupons.com/?pid=13903&zid=xh20&nid=10&bid=&bid=”1109660001”&plid=RSS&crid=RSS&cid=18458157&alt=yes
http://www.coupons.com/?pid=13903&zid=xh20&nid=10&bid=&bid=”1109660001”&plid=RSS&crid=RSS&cid=18474383&alt=yes

And these, from Target (click on image below to be re-directed to print them out):

http://coupons.target.com/food-coupons?page=4


http://coupons.target.com/halloween-coupons



http://coupons.target.com/halloween-coupons


http://coupons.target.com/halloween-coupons


http://coupons.target.com/halloween-coupons



Free one (1) pound of ground beef wyb 3 Hamburger Helper

Coupons.com has an offer you might be interested in!  Get a free pound of ground beef back via rebate when you buy three (3) Hamburger Helper meals.  These include any three flavors of Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, or Chicken Helper Cooked Skillet Dishes (5 serving only) AND one pound of ground beef (any brand is acceptable).

This printable rebate is good until 11/16.  Save your UPCs!  You'll need them for this rebate.  Want to print yours?  Click the image below.  It will take you to Coupons.com and already have the offer pre-clipped.  Need other coupons?  Grab those while you're there too.




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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Southern states: RaceTrac to offer free coffee October 12-18

RaceTrac is a chain of convenience stores seen in the deep south (Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas).  Hopefully, southerners in those states aren't tired of yet another free coffee offer! 

October 12-18, RaceTrac will host its fourth Free Coffee Week and for those of y'all who like pumpkin coffee this time of year, they've added a pumpkin coffee in addition to a pumpkin spice cappucino they offered last year, according to the press release, which also mentions a Facebook contest starting Monday, October 12.


On the Border: Free appetizer or dessert with entree purchase for National Boss's Day (10/16)

On the Border has a special offer for National Boss's Day.  On October 16, patrons can receive either a free appetizer or a free dessert with purchase of entree. 

Exclusions apply.  The Border Sampler and Guacamole Live are not included in this offer.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Dial Acne Control Face Wash/Body Wash free sample at Target's Sample site - ymmv

You may or may not qualify based upon your zip code.  I tried a few zip codes for friends in my state and they qualified, but mine did not.  Good luck!

Go here to see if you qualify.


Food Lion Holiday Tickets promo is back (collect 6 of 8)

Food Lion runs these holiday programs in the fall and spring and it's a great way to help offset the huge cost of a holiday meal.  Considering the cost of a thanksgiving meal was nearly $50 last year, getting a $20 coupon to help pay for the fixings is a great help to families.

How the Shop, Collect, Earn holiday $20 coupon program works:
  • Shop 6 of 8 weeks and spend at least $40 to earn the ticket.  The $40 does not include typical things like gift cards, alcohol, lottery, tobacco, stamps, and services like Western Union.
  • Keep your tickets in a safe place (I can't tell you how many I misplaced!) and save them up until you have at least 6 to be able to claim your ticket.  The last time I claimed, this was able to be done at the register versus the service desk.  
  • In order to have the ticket generated at the catalina machine, you will need to ensure that your purchases are done between 10/1 and 11/25.  If you do not receive a catalina, ask for it before you leave the store.  Sometimes things happen!  But stay and ask them to get you a ticket generated.
  • You will have until 12/9 to redeem your tickets for the $20 coupon.
  • The $20 coupon expires on 12/16.  

Sam's Club shoppers: Save big on select gift cards

Sam's Club is selling select gift cards at big savings.  There are many that are out of stock online right now, but check back as they may just re-stock them.

When I mention price below, please note that these are typically sold as a two-pack (so two $25's per pack for total of $50) or 5-pack (five $10 cards).  These ship free. 

Also, these may/may not be available for purchase at your local Sam's Club.  Check your local store to see what's available there.

Some that are sold out include...

Carmike Cinemas $50 which sold for $39.98
2 AMC gold tickets for $16.98
Uno Grill $50 for $39.98
Timmy Ho's $50 for $42.48
Firehouse Subs $50 for $39.98

Homeschoolers can join Pizza Hut's 'Book It!" program -- still enrolling!

Did you know that homeschooling families can sign up for Pizza  Hut's Book It program?  I was able to sign up today and got a confirmation email.  Here's the rundown on the program.  You'll need to check some boxes to complete your registration.  It's a month past the typical deadline of 9/1, BUT you can still apply.  They just have the right to accept applications on a first come, first served basis.  There's still room for regular teachers to apply too.

You must certify that:
  • Your child is K-6
  • Is between ages of 5-12 as of September 1
  • The Book It certificates will only be used to motivate reading
  • That you won't trade, transfer, sell, copy, alter, or purchase these certificates. 
  • One order per household.
  • Each individual family must apply -- no longer accepting homeschool groups/co-ops.
I received an email right away letting me know that the materials would mail soon.  This is their 30th year for the program.
 
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